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Satya Nadella announces $75 million investment in computer science education

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The Hechinger Report Five ideas to improve teacher quality The Hechinger Report Make teacher candidates perform before they enter classroom: Missouri will create a performance assessment to make sure aspiring teachers have “pedagogy skills.” At...
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Importance of accountability in Higher Education

Accountability captures most of the sub-trends through which everyday people in academe have the most opportunity to shape their futures – and the future of ...
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88 percent of 11th graders earn work-skills certificate | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WACH

88 percent of 11th graders earn work-skills certificate | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WACH | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
COLUMBIA, SC AP -- About 88 percent of South Carolina's 11th graders scored high enough on a work-skills test last spring to receive certificates they can take to employers.Scores released Tuesday by the state's education agencies establish a...
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The Ivory Tower Is a Debtors Prison for Poor Students | Mother Jones

The Ivory Tower Is a Debtors Prison for Poor Students | Mother Jones | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
"The Ivory Tower Is a Debtors Prison for Poor Students http://t.co/1Dph0IsA48 #Politics #Education #IncomeInequality " #p2
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Chronic Absenteeism, Most Prevalent Among Low-Income & Disabled

Chronic Absenteeism, Most Prevalent Among Low-Income & Disabled | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it

Report: Poor, Black Students And Disabled Students Most Likely To Miss School In California.

The Latin Post (9/7) highlights the findings of a report by Attendance Works, a non-profit that advocates against chronic absenteeism in schools. The report found that in California chronic absenteeism was most common among poor black students and disabled students. The report also found that the chronic absences and truancies increased dropout rates and achievement gaps.

 


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California connects absenteeism to certain causes.
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2015 Gates Annual Letter

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See how the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than they have in any other time in history. And join us!
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12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED

12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning. We can all agree that students who actively participate in learning are m
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Forget it: the secret of remembering words - The Polyglot Dream

Forget it: the secret of remembering words - The Polyglot Dream | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
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Informative article to jumpstart our thinking about how our students learn words, and how we could more effectively teach words.

 

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This informative article provides insight to how our students learn words and, consequently, how we should facilitate word acquisition.  

Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:07 AM

This informative article provides insight to how our students learn words and, consequently, how we should facilitate word acquisition.  

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High Schools Are a Disaster?

High Schools Are a Disaster? | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it

On the measure of academic engagement, the U.S. scored only at the international average, and far lower than our chief economic rivals: China, Korea, Japan, and Germany. In these countries, students show up for school and attend their classes more reliably than almost anywhere else in the world. But on the measure of social engagement, the United States topped China, Korea, and Japan.

In America, high school is for socializing. It’s a convenient gathering place, where the really important activities are interrupted by all those annoying classes. For all but the very best American students—the ones in AP classes bound for the nation’s most selective colleges and universities—high school is tedious and unchallenging. Studies that have tracked American adolescents’ moods over the course of the dayfind that levels of boredom are highest during their time in school.


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We must push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zone!

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Push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zones!

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Teachers 'give higher marks to girls'

Teachers 'give higher marks to girls' | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Teachers are more lenient in their marking of girls' schoolwork, according to an international study.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 10, 2015 11:23 AM

Not only are teachers unintentionally excluding introverts, but now we learn that boys are less likely to participate in class discussions. Counting most boys and introverted girls, it is no wonder that most student engagement levels fall below 20 percent.

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Why teachers should ask more questions and "cold call" kids

Why teachers should ask more questions and "cold call" kids | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Doug Lemov’s first book sold 800,000 copies, a teaching phenomenon. His new book has even more.

 

A teacher could also be “cold calling,” which means asking questions of students who don’t raise their hands and are less likely to have paid attention. “Be aware, though,” Lemov says, “that it’s important not to limit your cold call only to when you check for understanding. You want to cold call before — and frequently — so that you normalize it, and students aren’t surprised when you use cold call as part of your targeted questions.”


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Breaking Bad Habits, With Neuroplasticity

Breaking Bad Habits, With Neuroplasticity | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks." "Bad habits are hard to break." "A leopard can't change its spots." Seems as though hundreds of years' worth of sayings, adages and conventional wisdom tell...
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Our J.O. Johnson faculty is currently reading the book 'The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business' by Charles Duhigg to help us understand what habits we need to change for our students and for ourselves. This short video explains what our miracle working teachers must do daily to help our students overcome their bad academic habits of thought, the thoughts that tell them they can't learn as much as other students or they will never be smart enough to make good grades or they 'hate reading' simply because they haven't been good readers in the past.

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Our J.O. Johnson faculty is currently reading the book 'The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business' by Charles Duhigg to help us understand what habits we need to change for our students and for ourselves. This short video explains what our miracle working teachers must do daily to help our students overcome their bad academic habits of thought, the thoughts that tell them they can't learn as much as other students or they will never be smart enough to make good grades or they 'hate reading' simply because they haven't been good readers in the past.

Nibal Petro Henderson's curator insight, February 21, 2015 5:47 PM

Take charge of your thoughts and change your habits. That's the power of self-talk. 

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Millennials: You're Doing Budgets Wrong | Benzinga

If there is one aspect of personal financing that cannot be over-emphasized, it is budgeting. Knowing the specifics and the overall balance of inflow and ...
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Common Core task force seeks to reduce tests 

Common Core task force seeks to reduce tests  | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Union leaders, school-board officials, teachers and state leaders will among those serving on a task force aimed to finds ways to improve Common Core.
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I argue this point with my favorite educational guru, Dr. Mel Riddile @Mel Riddile. I do not believe we give too many tests. I believe we give too many tests that do not measure authentic skills or measure what students learn in the classroom. And I believe we need a balance in the level of accountability placed on the tests. But I would have no problem at all with daily tests if they measure the right standards and skills in an authentic assessment. What do you think? 

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An Introduction to Oceanography | Continuing Education

An Introduction to Oceanography | Continuing Education | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Fancy learning something new? Introduction to Oceanography 5 week continuing education course at Uni of Liverpool http://t.co/B9Eg2F2KKa
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The Eight Principles of Ethical Leadership in Education | The Edvocate

The Eight Principles of Ethical Leadership in Education | The Edvocate | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
While there has always been a requirement for ethics in leadership, the last hundred years have seen a shift in the paradigm of leadership ethics. Leadership
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Lexile by Chapter Guides

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What are they?

Lexile by Chapter Guides explore the text complexity within a book by providing Lexile measures for every chapter in the text. Each guide includes a graph and table displaying the Lexile information to help educators, parents, and students better understand where the peaks and valleys of complexity reside within a text. 
 


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Nearly four in ten qualifying teachers quit after one year

Nearly four in ten qualifying teachers quit after one year | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
Almost four out of ten teachers are no longer in the classroom a year after qualifying, a teachers' conference heard yesterday.
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What is Dialogue Education? | Global Learning Partners

At Global Learning Partners, we are energized by our work with a diverse range of clients worldwide, and are driven by a desire to effect lasting global change towards peace and justice.
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Thie reinforces the idea that students learn best by talking. I would agree that my students enjoy talking to each other, but talking about ideas does not translate into their ability to recognize these words in printed text or to comprehend their contextual meaning, so I caution educators not to abandon the old fashion practices of reading text and writing their thoughts!

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Who Taught These Kids to Think by: Teresa Littrell McDaniel

Who Taught These Kids to Think by: Teresa Littrell McDaniel | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
“Who Taught These Kids to Think?” By Dr. Teresa Littrell McDaniel As a secondary school assistant principal I frequently ponder the origination of and motivation behind many student behaviors. Recently a retired educator described how many in this generation of students, including his 5 year old
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Developing the art of the sentence

Developing the art of the sentence | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
The Goldfish Bowl - Reflections on teaching and learning.

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Clever girls, stupid boys?

Clever girls, stupid boys? | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
An international study challenges stereotypes about the differences between boys and girls at school.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 9, 2015 10:31 AM
  • "being male could soon be seen as a new form of social disadvantage"
  • the gender gap between men and women entering university has never been wider. In a remarkable statistic from the Ucas admissions service, the gap is more than 50%
  • Teacher bias: teachers give greater rewards to girls rather than boys, even when pupils are of similar ability.
  • Women are much more likely to go to university than men.
  • Girls are more likely to be better behaved, more likely to get homework finished, less negative about going to school. And even when boys' work is just as good, the higher grade is more likely to go to a girl.
  • The biggest gender gap in school is usually associated with literacy, with girls runaway leaders in exams and international reading tests.
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High Schools Are a Disaster?

High Schools Are a Disaster? | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it

On the measure of academic engagement, the U.S. scored only at the international average, and far lower than our chief economic rivals: China, Korea, Japan, and Germany. In these countries, students show up for school and attend their classes more reliably than almost anywhere else in the world. But on the measure of social engagement, the United States topped China, Korea, and Japan.

In America, high school is for socializing. It’s a convenient gathering place, where the really important activities are interrupted by all those annoying classes. For all but the very best American students—the ones in AP classes bound for the nation’s most selective colleges and universities—high school is tedious and unchallenging. Studies that have tracked American adolescents’ moods over the course of the dayfind that levels of boredom are highest during their time in school.


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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 8, 2015 9:38 PM

Push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zones!

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We must push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zone!

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Today's classroom may be "the quiet kid's worst nightmare."

Today's classroom may be "the quiet kid's worst nightmare." | DEEPER Literacy Focused Instruction | Scoop.it
"Whoever designed the context of the modern classroom was certainly not thinking of the shy or quiet kids," said Robert J. Coplan, a psychology professor and shyness expert at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. With often-crowded, high-stimulation rooms and a focus on oral performance for class participation, he said, "in many ways, the modern classroom is the quiet kid's worst nightmare."
Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, published by Random House this year, argues that such children often stop learning when they feel emotionally threatened in a class environment in which being an extrovert is considered the norm.
"There is too often a tendency to see it as inferior or even pathological," Ms. Cain said, "so teachers feel they have to turn the introvert into an extrovert."

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, February 15, 2015 10:59 AM

Up to one-half of students have a preference for introversion (not to be confused with shyness), and teachers are not addressing their needs.

Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, February 16, 2015 5:02 PM

Amazing how JOJ teachers have the most current conversations and have recently discussed the definition of engagement as it relates to shy students.